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Rajput Association of North America (RANA) Meet

Rajput Association of North America (RANA) Meet

Tuscaloosa, AL. November 20, 2010

By Sunita Singh

"If you don't know who you are, how would you know where to go?"

The zeal and quest of one man, Lakshmi Pati Singh, to unite all the Rajput families in Georgia-Alabama area led to the formation of RANA (Rajput Association of North America) Georgia-Alabama Chapter in 2006. Chapter’s enthusiastic members meet three times a year in Atlanta or Tuscaloosa area to celebrate Holi, a summer picnic, and the Diwali festival. The main focus of this group is to bring people of the Rajput ancestry together for social and cultural interaction and function as a support group preserving Rajput values, history, and tradition.

This year's Diwali celebration had a Bollywood theme. Epic Ramayana was depicted in Bollywood style with epic characters expressing their feelings by singing Hindi movie songs. Can you visualize Rama singing "Kabhi-Kabhi meray dil main" to Sita when he first saw her or Sita singing, "Aab to hai tumsay har kushi apni" when asking Rama to take her with him to exile? What about Ravana singing to Sita "Teray dwar khada ek jogi" when coming in Saint disguise? Sounds fun? That's what this group is all about.

The evening also included performances from young Thakurs and Thakuranis like Deepti, Nisha, Nikhil and Varun Singh. Among the Bollywood performers for the evening, special mention and gratitude goes to Dibya Singh. Besides performing enchanted professional dances for the program, Dibya also runs her dance studio called Bollywood Grooves in Tuscaloosa. What started as a sumptuous lunch social at “Sitar" Indian restaurant (courtesy Maninder and Gautam) ended with delicious dinner (courtesy Tuscaloosa families) and memorable cultural performances.

RANA GA-AL Chapter would like to extend special thanks to all those members who traveled from different parts of Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and Virginia to make this another memorial and enjoyable event. Our Alabama hosts Dr. Sanjay Singh and his wife Dibya Singh scored perfection with attention to comfort and entertainment for all members.

Association Chapters next activity will be Holi during spring time. As a Rajput from Georgia or Alabama area, if you would like to belong to this enthusiastic group, please contact the President, Mr. Lakshmi Pati Singh (706-855-0172) or the Vice President, Mrs. Sunita Singh (706-208-0191). RANA GA-AL Chapter is a chapter of National Rajput Association of North America, formed in 1980. More information can be found at http://www.rajputra.org.

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